All you want is some good weather and around €55,000
THIS should be pushing an open door because the Coupe version is here already and making a favourable impression
Like the Coupe, this has 3-series underpinnings but is lower (10mm), wider and longer.
The wheelbase is up 50mm and it has wider front track, shorter overhangs while springs, damping and axle are tweaked.
But the price is €7,000 or so higher (at €55,090 for the 420d SE) than the Coupe.
And I don't think it looks as well when the three-piece retractable metal roof is down.
Far nicer when up (and when it has the same drag co-efficient as the Coupe).
They have a lot of electrics working to get the hood into the boot (20 seconds either way) and to make as much space for other stuff. I thought it a bit fussy. You can get a set of golf clubs in via the rear 'through hatch'.
There's an optional wind deflector which you can store in a slot behind the rear seats - unless you have the golf bag shoved in there.
The Air Collar system blew warm air at my neck but did not really do much for me in what was a blue-sky but cool drive.
I had the high-powered 435i (mad money at €76,120) but I expect the 420d or the 428i to be the main attractions.
It was fine, grand, fun and all that but the steering was a bit too vague for me and I expected more pzazz somehow - especially for that sort of money.
There was noticeably more room at the front while the rear provided reasonable space.
For all that, the blast of pure fresh air at speed with the roof down gave this a totally different dimension.
And that is its real attraction. That is why people are prepared to pay so much for a car like this.
The two petrols and one diesel come in five different trim levels (SE, Sport, Luxury, Modern and M Sport) from the off on March 8.
BMW claims a higher level of standard spec - it now includes Dakota leather upholstery, two-zone air con, cruise control, front/rear parking sensors, heated electric front seats, Xenon headlights. DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB, Comfort Go, Drive Performance Control, iDrive Controller and 6.5ins colour screen.
Like the 2-series a 6spd manual is standard but an 8spd auto is optional - and cuts emissions.
New to it is the next generation Professional Media Package with a full speech recognition function and voice control system.
The BMW Connected app allows use of AUPEO!, web radio, Facebook and Twitter etc.
And you can do it all in the open air if you get the weather.